Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Blogvangelist

Here's a very interesting article about a teacher who uses blogging in his teaching. Instead of telling his students to "hand their papers in to me, the teacher," he has them post entries and respond to other's posts on blogs created for the class. Their discussion on the book The Secret Life of Bees eventually included the author of the book herself! The students soon found that their blog was the number one result for a Google search on the book, surpassing even the author's website. He believes that the Internet and the right software tools will "liberate students from the anachronistic traditional classroom" and become "self-motivated learners and creators, driven by their own passions.

McCloskey, P. (2009). The Blogvangelist. Teacher Magazine 18(2), pages 22-24, 27-29.

1 comment:

Ben Villarreal said...

Great find, Andy! I've been toying with this idea for about half a year, and I am finally experimenting with it for my summer class. After your post, I hunted for his book at the library and starting reading it today. Good stuff! He actually solved my biggest issue, so my class blog should be up early next week. I hope you'll check it out, maybe offer some sage advice for my students :-)